“You are not a drop in the ocean but the entire ocean in one drop.”
A little on my journey….
When I was about 30 I had daily lower back pain, the doctor said “it’s wear and tear” and “take a painkiller”. I was active and fit and this didn’t seem right. I started taking yoga classes and learnt how my posture was causing strain in my lower back. I began to listen to my body and make changes, my posture improved and the back ache disappeared. In time, I settled with a regular teacher, Debbie Farrar and broadened my experience through personal practice and in depth courses. Over the last 14 years I have been lucky to train with inspirational teachers from all over the world. I started teaching in 2014 and have not looked back since.
Yoga can transform
It sounds cliche but yoga really has transformed my life. It has made me healthier, physically stronger and more comfortable in my body, more relaxed and mindful (still a work in progress!), able to live more in line with my true values and just happier. We all have challenges, yoga has helped me through stressful and painful times, providing a tool set for comfort and solace, enabling me to face long standing demons and become more emotionally available and open. I am far from perfect but firmly believe I have traveled further with yoga as a part of my life than I would without.
Holistic Personal Training
I love to be active, running for fun or participating in the odd race, have always done gym and boot-camp sessions, regularly get out walking, climbing mountains and doing challenge walks when I can. Over the years I have worked with personal trainers to help with fitness goals but often the workouts were not in harmony with the rest of my life. I found Paul Chek’s holistic approach to training and started working with their UK centre and love their program. There is coaching in all aspects of health, considering the whole person in context and this combined with the yoga has me feeling stronger and healthier than ever. I achieved the CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach (Level 1) and Exercise Coach Certifications to help other people benefit from this approach.
Yoga and sports
Yoga helps me run and walk further and faster, with a stronger, more balanced body, with less impact and faster recovery. I could see an opportunity to help others so I attended a specialist Yoga for Sport course with Jim Harrington, who has worked with a number of elite athletes, to build on my own experience. I launched my Yoga and Conditioning for Runners in 2018 combining yoga, corrective and sports specific exercise to help runners function better and can apply these techniques to other sports.
Your evolution…. Your Parinama
I love working with people and learn from them as much as they learn from me. We all have the answers we need inside ourselves, to adapt our bodies to improve function and to relate to our minds and find mental ease. I aim to provide a tool kit and strategies to help to find your own answers through experience to continue your evolution, one day at a time.